By Chamira Young
As much as I love focusing on portrait photography for my business, there's nothing like taking peaceful landscape images while on vacation. It's a great way to refresh my creative juices and also serves as a nice pool of images to print later on and hang on the walls of my home. This is one of those images and has yet to be printed. It brings back a flood of warm memories because it was taken on my honeymoon near the Poconos mountains in Pennsylvania. Since I'm still learning my way around Skylum's Luminar 2018 photo editing software, it seemed fitting to have some fun and see how much of a visual kick the popular software could give this photo.
The Result After 10 Minutes in Luminar...
After importing the image into Luminar, I was pleased to discover they have an entire set of "Outdoor Presets" to choose from. After having some fun clicking around and watching the effects of each preset, I finally decided on the "Autosmart Enhancer Preset". However, I raised the Clarity slider from its initial setting of 16 to 42, just to get the edges of the rocks and foliage to pop a bit more. I also lowered the Shadow slider from 51 to 6, thus visually enhancing the existing shadows ever so slightly and giving the image more depth. Finally, I raised the Vibrance slider to 15 because I'm a sucker for rich color. I was quite pleased with the result, and it took about 10 minutes. Below is the final result.
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